Robin Hilton

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.

In addition to his work on All Songs, Hilton produces NPR Music live concerts and festival coverage across the country, including live broadcasts and webcasts from the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch festivals, South by Southwest and the Newport Folk Festival.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Hilton co-founded Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA.

Hilton lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students.

From 1989 to 1996, Hilton worked for NPR member stations KANU and WUGA as a senior producer and assistant news director and was a long-time contributing reporter to NPR's daily news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

Hilton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His original scores have appeared in work from National Geographic, Center Stage and, most recently, in the documentary film Open Secret. You can hear some of his music here.

Along the way, Hilton worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.

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All Songs Considered
3:39 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America

Click to see an interactive map of Meriden, N.H., with stories from Okkervil River's Will Sheff about his childhood there.
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Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 4:15 pm

I grew up in a town of about 6,000 people in rural Kansas back in the '70s and '80s. I've never romanticized it much, though it was certainly a simpler time and, for better or worse, it's where I learned to make some sense of my life. The world you inhabit when you come of age in your teen years has a way of digging its claws in you. As the years pass, no matter how far you try to get away from it, it stays with you. The people, the places, the sounds and even the smells become a part of your DNA.

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All Songs Considered
4:41 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Question Of The Week: What Are The Best Apps For Making Music?

Apple's Garage Band for the iPad and iPhone includes virtual instruments, such as piano and drums, you can play like the real thing.
 

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:57 am

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All Songs Considered Blog
8:03 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Song Premiere: Beck Remixes Philip Glass With 'NYC: 73-78'

Philip Glass (left) and Beck.
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Originally published on Sat October 6, 2012 12:58 pm

The latest tease from this fall's upcoming collection of remixed Philip Glass tunes comes from Beck. The 20-minute song, "NYC: 73-78," includes snippets from more than 20 Glass songs, which Beck cut together and re-imagined.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:53 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Results: Listener Picks For The Year's Best Albums (So Far)

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Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:15 pm

The results are in and it turns out most of you who voted in our mid-year poll really love Jack White's explosive and eclectic Blunderbuss. But the race was close: White's album beat-out the Alabama Shakes record Boys & Girls by less than 25 votes. Beach House's Bloom, one of the most popular records ever in our First Listen series, came in at third. The Shins' Port Of Morrow and Of Monsters And Men's My Head Is An Animal round out the top five.

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:39 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

A Perpetual Debate: Owning Music In The Digital Age

The discussion over music sharing and compensation has been taking place since long before digital downloads were available.
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Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 11:42 am

This past weekend's post from Emily White, our current All Songs Considered intern, provoked heated discussion about the current state and possible future of music consumption and creation. Emily's personal essay — as a young person who came of age after the moment when music became widely available digitally — was about the evolution of her views toward the music industry, artists and how to support them, as those issues relate to rapidly changing technology.

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:04 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Vote For The Year's Best Music (So Far)

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Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 1:06 pm

Around this time each year I begin to marvel at how we've already reached the halfway point. I haven't even taken down my Christmas lights yet and already everyone's reflecting on all the great music we've had so far.

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:35 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

First Watch: Emilie Simon's Stop-Animation Fairytale

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French electro-pop artist and film composer Emilie Simon isn't super well-known in the U.S., but she's plenty popular in her native country. She hopes to reach a broader audience later this summer with the U.S. release of her new record Franky Knight. Despite the quirky name and dance beats, Simon wrote the sometimes sorrowful album about the death of someone close to her.

In a new video for the song "Franky's Princess," Simon uses a painstakingly produced stop-animation film to tell a classic, fairytale love story.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:13 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Hear A Preview Of Grizzly Bear's New, As-Yet-Unnamed Album

Grizzly Bear in the studio.
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Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 12:25 pm

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:08 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

This Week's Survey: Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love

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Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 7:05 pm

We're a few weeks into our search for the albums everyone can agree on, and some of the results of our surveys so far have been surprising. Most of you haven't even heard the Once soundtrack or The Band's Music From Big Pink? How is that possible?

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:17 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

The 'All Songs Considered' Summer Tour: RSVP Now

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 11:43 am

Bob Boilen and I are taking our show on the road! It's time we busted out of this two-bit joint and mingled with the world's great unwashed. So here's what we're doing: This summer, we'll visit different cities across the country and bring people together to hear and talk about great music.

Look for guest appearances from public radio's galaxy of stars, as well as surprise performances from our favorite artists. It's our version of a "listening party," and we want to see you there. Here's where we're going and when (more dates to be announced):

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